Gas Distribution Operator - Winston-Salem, NC
Piedmont Natural Gas Company Inc
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Job type: fulltime
Job industry: Mining / Oil / Gas
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The Gas Distribution Operator has accountability for timely completion of established skills development assignments in each wage step per guidelines. Each skills development assignment is designed to further prepare the Gas Distribution Operator to work safely and independently on O department responsibilities. Skills development assignments include, but are not limited to, successful completion of compulsory training, testing and certifications; attainment of required Operator Qualifications; and demonstration of proficiency in performance of job duties associated with regulated and non-regulated distribution work. The Gas Distribution Operator has the option to prepare for advancement to Sr Gas Distribution Operator by obtaining additional training and Operator Qualifications in Step 6 per established guidelines. Job posting selection is required for employees to enter the Gas Distribution Operator position.The following list is not intended to be all inclusive of duties and responsibilities as needed to learn, assist and independently perform regulated and non-regulated Operations and Maintenance distribution work.Perform work assignments on customer's premises; Interact with customers in a professional, respectful and courteous manner to promote good customer relations; answer customer-related inquiries regarding established Company policies and procedures and provide explanation of work performedIdentify, obtain and deliver tools, materials and equipment needed for work assignmentsUtilize tools such as maps and GPS to locate work assignments; Drive a company vehicle, including transport of heavy equipment; possess and maintain a valid driver's license and obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) within 18 months of entering the Gas Distribution Operator position. Maintain the CDL on a consistent basis thereafter.Perform O crew duties relating to maintenance and operation of natural gas underground pipeline, including but not limited to:Install, maintain, repair, relocate and retire new or existing natural gas facilities and appurtenancesAssist with, plan and set up work zone safety and traffic control measuresPerform general site preparation, restoration and right of way maintenance dutiesDevelop proficiency in safe operation of heavy equipment such as mini-excavators, back hoes, skid steers, trenchers, etc., including, but not limited to excavation around utilities (natural gas, electric, etc.)Perform preventative maintenance and inspections on equipmentRun power toolsPerform hand diggingInspect above ground appurtenances for atmospheric corrosionPaint above ground appurtenancesPerform pipe to soil corrosion readingsCorrosion control and pipe remediation, including wrapping and coating pipeThread and cut pipePerform plastic pipe fusionPerform the role of "Competent Person" on the crewPerform facility locate dutiesCheck odorant levelsConduct leak surveysGrade leaksInstall leak clampsPerform third party damage investigationDevelop knowledge of proficiency in record keeping systems relating to field operations, maintenance and compliance; complete work documentation/records with accuracy and on a timely basisUtilize and become proficient in technology devices such as computer, smart phone, etc. for work assignments and to accurately record required informationProvide guidance and demonstrate proper procedural technique on work related tasks to lower level employeesOn-call rotation and emergency responseOther duties as assignedEducation, Experience and Skills: Minimum QualificationsHigh School diploma or GEDExperience applying basic mechanical concepts and mechanical aptitudeExperience using construction toolsExperience operating construction equipmentExperience utilizing personal computers (PCs) in a Windows environmentMust possess and maintain a valid driver's license and have ability to obtain CDL license within 18 months of entering the positionDesired Qualifications:Safety awareness and leadershipDemonstrated effective communication (Verbal and Written) and interpersonal skills and safety awarenessAdvanced experience using construction tools and construction equipmentDocumented training on heavy equipmentSignificant experience operating heavy equipment and/or excavation equipment in a utilities environmentIndustry specific knowledge and experienceExperience in diagnostics and troubleshooting of mechanical and/or electrical equipment2 Years technical school education or the equivalent job-related knowledge and appropriate gas piping related licensePossess and maintain a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL)Previous experience with plumbing, electrical, heating and air installation/maintenancePrevious crew leader experience with responsibility for crew oversite, work assignments and documentation of work performedPhysical Requirements:Must work outdoors in adverse weather conditions; lifting up to 75 lbs.; frequent walking, reaching, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, stooping, crawling, standing, digging, climbing; works on uneven terrain, many times with heavy vegetation; manual dexterity (hand/eye coordination); keen eyesight; good hearing; good sense of smell; comes in frequent contact with insects and animals; ability to use breathing apparatus when responding to gas leaks.Other Requirements:Must be able to work on-call rotations, weekend and evening work as required. Subject to extended working hours and must be available for call-out and emergency response. Some rotating shifts.Travel Requirements5-15%Relocation Assistance Provided (as applicable)NoRepresented/Union PositionIBE Local 1902Visa Sponsored PositionNoPosting Expiration DateThursday, May 6, 2021All job postings expire at 12:01 AM on the posting expiration date.Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications.